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Bridges To Babylon

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Voodoo Lounge confirmed that the Stones could age gracefully, but it never sounded modern; it sounded classicist. With its successor, Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger was determined to bring the Rolling Stones into the '90s, albeit tentatively, and hired hip collaborators like the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys) and Danny Saber (Black Grape) to give the veteran group an edge on their explorations of drum loops and samples. Of course, the Stones are the Stones, and no production is going to erase that, but the group is smart enough -- or Keith Richards is stubborn enough -- to work within its limitations and to have producer Don Was act as executive producer. As a result, Bridges to Babylon sounds like the Stones without sounding tired. The band is tight and energetic, and there's just enough flair to the sultry "Anybody Seen My Baby?," the menacing "Gunface," and the low-key, sleazy "Might as Well Get Juiced" to make them sound contemporary. But the real key to the success of Bridges to Babylon is the solid, craftsmanlike songwriting. While there aren't any stunners on the album, nothing is bad, with rockers like "Flip the Switch" and "Low Down" sounding as convincing as ballads like "Already Over Me." And, as always, Keith contributes three winners -- including the reggae workout "You Don't Have to Mean It" and the slow-burning "How Can I Stop" -- that cap off another fine latter-day Stones record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Flip The Switch 2009 Digital Remaster
00:03:27

Don Was, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sublett, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Sarli, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

2
Anybody Seen My Baby? 2009 Digital Remaster
00:04:31

Don Was, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - k.d. lang, ComposerLyricist - Ben Mink, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Dust Brothers, Producer - Blondie Chaplin, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

3
Low Down 2009 Digital Remaster
00:04:24

Don Was, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Darrell Leonard, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sublett, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Maracas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

4
Already Over Me 2009 Digital Remaster
00:05:24

Don Was, Producer, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Benmont Tench, Keyboards, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Darrell Leonard, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, Dobro, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

5
Gunface 2009 Digital Remaster
00:05:02

Don Was, Producer - Danny Saber, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

6
You Don't Have To Mean It 2009 Digital Remaster
00:03:43

Don Was, Producer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Darrell Leonard, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sublett, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Rob Fraboni, Producer - Blondie Chaplin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Jones, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Clinton Clifford, Piano, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

7
Out Of Control 2009 Digital Remaster
00:04:43

Don Was, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Saber, Clarinet, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

8
Saint Of Me 2009 Digital Remaster
00:05:14

Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Preston, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Dust Brothers, Producer - Meshell Ndegeocello, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre de Beauport, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

9
Might As Well Get Juiced 2009 Digital Remastere
00:05:23

Doug Wimbish, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Saber, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Dust Brothers, Producer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

10
Always Suffering 2009 Digital Remaster
00:04:43

Don Was, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Piano, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Sarli, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

11
Too Tight 2009 Digital Remaster
00:03:34

Don Was, Producer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Piano, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Sarli, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

12
Thief In The Night 2009 Digital Remaster
00:05:16

Don Was, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sublett, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Darrell Jones, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre de Beauport, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1997 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

13
How Can I Stop 2009 Digital Remaster
00:06:53

Don Was, Producer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Waddy Wachtel, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jim Keltner, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - KEITH RICHARDS, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - MICK JAGGER, ComposerLyricist - The Rolling Stones, MainArtist - Wayne Shorter, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - The Glimmer Twins, Producer - Ronnie Wood, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Blondie Chaplin, Piano, Tambourine, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Fowler, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Watts, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jeff Sarli, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2009 Promotone B.V., under exclusive licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Album Description

Voodoo Lounge confirmed that the Stones could age gracefully, but it never sounded modern; it sounded classicist. With its successor, Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger was determined to bring the Rolling Stones into the '90s, albeit tentatively, and hired hip collaborators like the Dust Brothers (Beck, Beastie Boys) and Danny Saber (Black Grape) to give the veteran group an edge on their explorations of drum loops and samples. Of course, the Stones are the Stones, and no production is going to erase that, but the group is smart enough -- or Keith Richards is stubborn enough -- to work within its limitations and to have producer Don Was act as executive producer. As a result, Bridges to Babylon sounds like the Stones without sounding tired. The band is tight and energetic, and there's just enough flair to the sultry "Anybody Seen My Baby?," the menacing "Gunface," and the low-key, sleazy "Might as Well Get Juiced" to make them sound contemporary. But the real key to the success of Bridges to Babylon is the solid, craftsmanlike songwriting. While there aren't any stunners on the album, nothing is bad, with rockers like "Flip the Switch" and "Low Down" sounding as convincing as ballads like "Already Over Me." And, as always, Keith contributes three winners -- including the reggae workout "You Don't Have to Mean It" and the slow-burning "How Can I Stop" -- that cap off another fine latter-day Stones record.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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